Necessary protocol in place, assure CM, H&FW Minister, CS
Morung Express News
Kohima | May 25
As Nagaland officially enter the list states infected with COVID-19 cases on May 25, the State Government urged the public not to panic and assured that the health department has started all requisite protocols and measures to tackle the situation.
The state officially reported its first three confirmed cases of COVID-19 - two male from Dimapur and a female from Kohima, on Monday morning among Chennai returnees.
The first special Shramik Train carrying over 1469 people, who were stranded in Chennai, reached Dimapur on May 22. The returnees, mostly students and migrant workers, had started their journey from Chennai on May 19.
Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare (H&FW), Menukhol John made the announcement at a press conference today in Kohima. Two were from Dimapur and one from Kohima. According to John, one was asymptomatic, while the other two displayed mild symptoms.
During the conference, he further appealed public not to panic and assured that “aggressive surveillance as well as treatment protocol” have been initiated after the confirmation.
"Do not stigmatise our patients and also be supportive of our health workers, who are looking after them,” he added.
Also addressing the media persons, Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy said that health department has started all requisite protocols and measures for treatment, contact tracing, surveillance, and number of tests would be increased.
Earlier, Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio also took to Twitter to announce the news and called it ‘unfortunate. He, however, appealed the public not to panic.
“Please do not panic. We need to handle it with utmost care and responsibility. Necessary action of contact tracing & containment measures are being taken and situation closely monitored,” Rio assured.
H&FW Minister, S. Pangnyu Phom also tweeted that the patients are currently undergoing treatment at District Hospital, Dimapur and Chedema, Kohima respectively and their condition were ‘stable’
All contact tracing are in progress, he said, further appealing public not to panic.